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15 Oct 2016

Deal Close: Liverpool agree 3-year deal for 'outstanding' attacker who impressed Klopp. Next 'Fowler'?

Liverpool sensation Ben Woodburn turns 17 this weekend, and Liverpool have reportedly moved swiftly to ensure he's tied down to a long-term contract.

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Ben Woodburn has agreed his first professional contract [and] will [sign] a three-year deal, which is the longest contract a 17-year-old is allowed to sign".

Some info about Woodburn:

* 16-year old left-winger, who can also play as a striker, and on the right. 11 goals/assists in 6 games for the U23s this season.

* Jan 2016: After a wondergoal against Cardiff, U18s boss Neil Critchley raved: “That was a moment of brilliance. An unbelievable piece of skill. He [Woodburn] was outstanding again, and it's a delight to work with him".

* Sep 2016: Grabbed 1 goals and 3 assists in the U23s 6-2 demolition of Spurs.

* Jul 2016: Jurgen Klopp enthused: "He’s [Woodburn] is a natural offensive player. It’s very nice to see. He trained great and [he is] really good to have around".

* Aug 2016: Alex Inglethorpe's assessment: “Ben is very level-headed. There’s a long way to go but the fact that the boss already knows his name is a really big thing".

* Scouting Report (From a scout who attended an U23 game): "Liverpool have their successor to Fowler and Owen. Woodburn is a natural goalscorer, shows maturity beyond his years and is very quick. If he bulks up, he could be a gem who reaches first-team football".

Jordan Rossiter, Jerome Sinclair, and Sergi Canos also attracted similar effusive praise, but all three are no longer at the club. Will Woodburn succeed where they failed?

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